Excessive chilly accidents: Dozens of Albertans endure falls and frostbite to this point in 2022


To date in 2022, emergency responders have been referred to as to 95 circumstances of falls, Alberta Well being Companies mentioned.

Nearly all of these falls are on ice or snow.

Because the starting of the yr, 15 sufferers have been handled on the College of Alberta emergency division for indicators of frostbite.

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AHS warns that with extra excessive chilly climate within the forecast, it’s necessary to decorate warmly, stroll with warning round any icy patches, and carry a roadside package in your car in case you’re driving.

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On Dec. 28, when a lot of Alberta was beforehand underneath an excessive chilly warning, calls to AMA went up 800 per cent.

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The await a tow with AMA was greater than three days: 77 hours. The await a battery increase was an estimated 40 hours.

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Whereas the extraordinarily chilly situations may be bodily difficult, they may also be mentally robust.

The Hope Mission nonetheless has room in its Edmonton shelter, however neighborhood liaison Lauren Reid mentioned the intense chilly creates further stress on purchasers and workers.

“It’s additionally negatively affecting the psychological well being of our neighborhood members,” Lauren Reid mentioned.

“A lot of our neighborhood members already battle with totally different psychological well being points and the intense chilly makes their experiences a lot harsher. It’s a lot more durable to only get by, day after day, being in these excessive temperatures.”

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Any period of time outdoors in these temperatures is disagreeable, Reid mentioned, and with out a car, some individuals need to stroll from facility to facility within the chilly.

“It is vitally arduous on them,” Reid mentioned.

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